Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks tenure-track faculty in broad areas of strategic importance to UVA’s investment in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). MAE at UVA has a proven record of outstanding research with strong inter-departmental and inter-school collaborations and is committed to increasing diversity among our faculty and graduate student populations. Our research program ensures excellence and national prominence in core focus areas of:
  • Biomechanical Engineering for Health;
  • Cyber-Physical Systems and Autonomy; and
  • Sustainability in Energy, Manufacturing and Transportation.

We seek exceptional candidates with expertise related to the above three core areas. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: mechanical systems, solid mechanics, biomechatronics, extreme mechanics, autonomous vehicle safety, and/or industrial automation and AI control are encouraged to apply.

This search is open rank, with expectations that the faculty have primary appointment within the MAE Department, but opportunities for joint appointment(s) are possible in other departments within Engineering including: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and/or Engineering Systems and Environment. Successful candidates are also encouraged to consider potential collaborative opportunities within the world-class research centers and initiatives at UVA. A partial list of these opportunities includes:
  • Center for Applied Biomechanics
  • Center for Engineering-in-Medicine
  • Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Link Lab
  • Multifunctional Materials Integration
  • Rolls-Royce University Technology Center for Advanced Material Systems
  • Rotating Machinery and Controls Lab
  • UVA Brain Institute
  • UVA School of Data Sciences

UVA MAE is a department with faculty and graduate programs dramatically increasing in size, diversity and quality. Our PhD enrollment has increased 30% since 2016, among which the number of women and underrepresented minority students increased by 108%. MAE also boasts tenured faculty with an average of $681K in research expenditures, an average H-index of 29, and four new nationally-recognized fellows in 2019. More broadly, UVA Engineering is a national leader among large US public engineering schools in several aspects including:
  • #1 in Four-Year Graduation Rates
  • #1 Percentage of Women Graduates
  • #1 PhD Enrollment Growth since 2015

With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all, including women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through each person's perspectives and lived experiences.

Centrally located in the rolling foothills of Virginia, Charlottesville boasts a thriving intellectual community and cultural life with easy access to recreational venues. This makes Charlottesville one of the best places to live and work in the US, as noted by a large number of national awards and “Best of” lists. For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see and

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Please apply online at and attach the following required applicant documents:
  • A cover letter that addresses (1) Areas of research/scholarship interest; (2) Why you want to be a professor at UVA; (3) Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and your values related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • CV/resume
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Statement
  • Two to four (2 – 4) research papers that best represent your work
  • Contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2019 and will continue until the positions is filled.

For questions about the position, please contact Jacqueline Slaughter-Scott, Unit Administrator, at

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will also require an Education Verification (FSAKA).

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.